Psalm 75 today, another psalm written by Asaph. It is a psalm written to encourage faith, especially as people see apparent injustice occur to them personally and to the nation generally. How should one respond to personal hurts, to evil all around us, those hurts and evil where it seems people “get away with it?” The psalmist gives us these principles by which to live when this happens.
- Begin with thanksgiving to God (vs 1). Know that he is “near”. He has not left or deserted you. Remember his mighty miracles in your life. People everywhere, the psalmist says, have miracle stories. Remember them. Tell them. Begin each day with a heart of praise and thanksgiving.
- Remember this promise from God (vs 2): “God Says, ‘At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked.” God controls all. He has seen what the wicked have done to you and others. There is a day of reckoning. But God controls it. It will happen. Have faith. Believe it will occur.
- Remind yourself of God’s total sovereignty (vs 3). Even when there are earthquakes, God is holding the foundations of the earth firm. Nothing is beyond him, even this evil you’ve observed and experienced.
- God hates the proud (vss 4,5). Their boasting now seems to exalt themselves but they are nothing to God. They will face God one day in their arrogance.
- Remember that only God can raise someone from the dead (vs 6)! Only he possesses that power. Therefore, if only God can do this...
- Only God can judge someone (vs 7). Only he can decide who rises and falls. That is his sole, sovereign right. But...
- Rest assured, he will exercise that right one day. All the proud, arrogant and wicked will one day be forced to “drink” the cup of God’s wrath (vs 8). The “cup” in the Bible is always symbolic of God’s wrath poured out on disobedient, unfaithful people. Israel had to “drink the cup” of God’s wrath and judgment when the Babylonians were God’s instrument against them. Astoundingly, in the Garden, Jesus asked if there was any way he didn’t have to drink of “the cup.” He was asking the Father if there was any other way than the Cross, than to take God’s wrath upon himself for our benefit. It was not because he didn’t love us. Oh, how he does love us! Simply, it was because he knew at that moment of God’s wrath poured upon his Son, he would be separated from his holy Father in heaven. That thought was too much for him to bear. Was there another way? The Father said “No”. In humility, Jesus submitted. That’s why the Father lifted him up in the Resurrection! God will pour out his wrath one day, in his time, in his way. But as you wait, always remember this truth:
- “But as for me...” the psalmist concluded. Realize you can’t affect what others do. You can’t affect what God does. You can only affect your own life. “But as for me...” As you wait for God’s justice, as hard on our faith walk as it is sometimes, continue to sing praises to God. Continue to tell others of his greatness and power, his sovereignty an love! Grow your faith. Refuse despair.
- But also, as you praise, give thanks, sing to God’s glory, remember that they day of reckoning for the wicked WILL come. Vs 10: “For God says, ‘I will cut off the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the Godly.” That is a promise from the sovereign Lord of the universe.
Ask God today for more of his strength and power as you desire to love and serve your Risen King, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.”